July 31, 1928 - July 5, 2011
Donald (Donnie) Richardson of Waitsburg, passed away July 5, 2011, at Booker Nursing Home in Dayton, and cremation has taken place. Don was born in Bozeman, Mont., on July 31, 1928, to James Jacob Richardson and Martha Elizabeth Neville Richardson. He attended Richland Grade School and graduated from Park County High School in Livingston, Mont., in 1947.
On Oct. 25, 1947, he married Betty Lou Cox and they were divorced in 1975. They had four children: Thomas, Leslie, Deborah, and Kevin. On Dec. 18, 1976, he married Pauline Beyer Robinson and acquired four step-children, Rick Robinson of Pine City, Wash., Larry Robinson of Spokane, Kelli Robinson Jay of Spokane, and Bill Robinson of Spokane.
Don worked in construction from 1956 until he retired in 1987. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local #302, #370 and #40. The many jobs he worked at took him to Montana, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, Hawaii, and Alaska. He was a life member of Elks Lodge #287 in Walla Walla, WA. He loved hunting with his Vizsla dogs Rachel, JD and Trapper. He also loved to go fishing and watch football and basketball on TV. He was a perfectionist and loved working in his yard, in his vegetable garden and in his home.
Don is survived by his wife Pauline (Polly) at Waitsburg; his children, Thomas Richardson of Walla Walla, Leslie (Laurie) of Waitsburg, Deborah Richardson Rubio of Walla Walla, Kevin (Audrey) Richardson of Salem, Ore.; two sisters, Betty Metcalf of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Phyllis (Kent) DeVore of Helena, Mont. He is also survived by numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and one aunt. In 1987 at a family reunion there were 105 relatives.
He was preceded in death by his father; mother; brother, James Richardson; sister, Opal Eggert; sister, Lois Bailey; nephew, David Durgan, nephew Randy Richardson; step-son, Rick Robinson; sister-in-law, Jean Berthiaume; and brother-in-law, Paul Beyer.
A potluck memorial dinner celebrating his life will be held on his birth date July 31, 2011, at the Ye Town Hall in Waitsburg, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Only salads and desserts are requested. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Booker Nursing Home, 1012 S. Third Street in Dayton, WA 99328 or The St. Mary's Cancer Center, 401 W. Poplar St., Walla Walla, WA 99362.